Neighbours TV Show
Neighbours is an Australian television soap opera. It was first broadcast on the Seven Network on 18 March 1985. It was created by TV executive Reg Watson, who proposed the idea of making a show that focused on realistic stories and portrayed adults and teenagers who talk openly and solve their problems together.
Although successful in Melbourne, Neighbours underperformed in the Sydney market and struggled for months before Seven cancelled it. The show was immediately bought by rival network Ten.
The show’s storylines concern the domestic and professional lives of the people who live and work in Erinsborough, a fictional suburb of Melbourne, Victoria. The series primarily centres on the residents of Ramsay Street, a short cul-de-sac, and its neighbouring area, the Lassiters complex, which includes a bar, hotel, cafe, police station, lawyers’ office and park. Pin Oak Court, in Vermont South, is the real cul-de-sac that has doubled for Ramsay Street since 1985. All of the houses featured are real and the residents allow the production to shoot external scenes in their yards. The interior scenes are filmed at the Global Television studios in Forest Hill.
Through its entire run in Australia, Neighbours has been screened as a twenty-two-minute episode each weeknight in an early evening slot. Neighbours moved to Ten’s digital channel, Eleven on 11 January 2011, and it is currently broadcast each weeknight at 6:30 pm. The show is produced by FremantleMedia Australia and has been sold to over sixty countries around the world, making it one of Australia’s most successful media exports.
Catherine + the Irish contestants tour consisted of the following:
- Lassiters complex – this is the main outdoor set, which features the exteriors sets such as Harolds café, Lassiters Hotel – iconic Neighbours set.
- Inside studio where Filming occurs.
- Famous Ramsay Street approximately 1.5 kilometres away – it’s an actual street, not a set.
Contact Person: Kelly Davis, Melbourne Communications Manager, FremantleMedia Australia
Phone: +61 3 8833 3312/M: +61 (0) 413 009 545
Address: Fremantle Media Studios, 100 Hawthorn Road, Forest Hill
Colonial Tramcar Restaurant
A famous fleet of historical trams that have become The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. These glossy burgundy restaurants on wheels are the first Traveling Tramcar Restaurants in the World and ensure a delightful, innovative approach to dining. As they cruise the city streets of Melbourne, diners can enjoy their seasonal menu, quality Australian wines or make a selection from their fully stocked bar at an all inclusive price.
The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant Company Limited formed in 1981 to operate restaurant trams and the first restaurant trams ran on 2nd November 1982 (Melbourne Cup day). The restaurant, which has one lunch and two dinner sittings each day, advises booking well in advance. The trams are boarded from the Clarendon Street Junction stop near the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre. They then run on selected standard tram routes through the city and some nearby inner suburbs, returning to their origin. The ride in the restaurant tram is generally quite steady. Food is prepared offsite in a commercial kitchen and is loaded onto the trams in a raw form. Each tram has its own chef and all of the food is freshly cooked as the tram is moving. The menu provides a limited choice, as does the wine list. However, unlimited alcohol is included in the fixed, prepaid meal price.
Catherine and the Irish contestants were served the Pumpkin Veloute and Charcuterie.
Here are the ingredients that were used:
gelatine, milk, egg
butter, salt, garlic, spices, maize
brandy, preservative (250, 252), colour (120)
Aspic Jelly: Port, Gelatine
Kangaroo (olive oil, salt, pepperberry)
white wine vinegar
Dijon Mustard/micro herbs
Contact: Raffelle Lawrence
Phone No: +61 3 9695 4000
The Hotel Windsor
Brimming with old world charm and the grandeur of a bygone era, The Hotel Windsor is an integral part of Melbourne’s cultural and historical fabric. Established in 1883, it predates many other great Victorian hotels world wide, and is the last remaining grand heritage hotel of its kind in Australia.
Over its rich history, the hotel has hosted royalty, distinguished guests and celebrities, and continues to charm today, with its acclaimed Traditional Afternoon Tea and exceptional service.
The Hotel Windsor is Australia’s most loved and renowned grand hotel, pre-dating The Savoy in London, The Plaza and The Waldorf Astoria in New York, The Ritz in Paris, and Raffles Hotel in Singapore. Established in 1883, it combines the classic beauty and architecture of the Victorian age with the graciousness of that bygone era. Located across the stately Parliament House and next to the famous Princess Theatre, The Hotel Windsor is only steps away from Melbourne’s luxury boutiques, theatres, laneways and Chinatown, with the picturesque Treasury, Fitzroy and Carlton Gardens a short walk from our doorstep.
On 3 June 1923, with renovations complete, the hotel hosted a luncheon attended by His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales. In honour of this occasion, the hotel was appropriately renamed The Windsor.
The Hotel Windsor has been a home away from home for many famous Australians during their stay in Melbourne. Former Prime Minister Sir Robert Menzies kept Suite 306 at The Hotel Windsor for many years; it is now known as the Sir Robert Menzies Suite in his honour. Notable international guests included members of the English cricket team, who were frequent guests at the hotel, despite patriotic local factory workers’ efforts to disrupt their sleep by ‘accidentally’ knocking over the empty milk churns in the laneway.
Stars from the world of film and theatre have always been drawn to the elegance and style of The Hotel Windsor. Sir Laurence and Lady Olivier (Vivien Leigh), opera performer Emma Calve, Barry Humphries and Dame Edna Everage are regulars, Meryl Streep set up a personal gym in her accommodation during the filming of Evil Angels. Renowned actors Sir Anthony Hopkins and Gregory Peck have occupied Suites at The Hotel Windsor whilst in Melbourne, as has sporting legend Muhammad Ali.
An essential Melbourne Experience, The Hotel Windsor has perfected their high tea experience having served more than two million guests since it opened in 1883.
Held in the elegant One Eleven lounge, Afternoon Tea is served on traditional three-tiered silver stands with ribbon sandwiches, savoury pastries, French patisserie, and freshly baked scones with housemade Windsor jam and double cream. A selection of 11 teas including the house Windsor blend is served in elegant silver teapots and Noritake crockery. Sparkling wine and French Champagne is also offered.
Catherine + the Irish contestants enjoyed the following Afternoon Tea:
- Savoury Pastries
- Lamb and rosemary pie
- Sweet Selection
- Coconut Yuzu – Coconut dacquoise, yuzu cream, vanilla coconut diplomat cream, mirror glaze
- Irish Dream – Baileys mousse, hazelnut dacquoise, orange jelly, coffee ganache
- Ribbon Sandwiches
- Egg mayonnaise with capers and curry butter
- Smoked salmon, cream cheese, and snow pea shoots
- Cucumber and ricotta cheese with herbs
- Chicken with celery and walnuts
- The Hotel Windor’s Famous Traditional & Sultana Scones
- Baked fresh daily and served with thick double cream and Windsor jam
Contact: Cassandra Goh, Marketing Manager
Address: 111 Spring St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Phone No: +61 (0) 404 843 332 (Mobile)
Queen Victoria Market
Also known locally as Vic Market or Queen Vic. It’s a major landmark in Melbourne and at around seven hectares (17 acres) it’s the largest open-air market in the Southern Hemisphere.
Queen Victoria Market is an authentic, bustling, inner-city market that has been the heart and soul of Melbourne for 140 years. Home to over 700 small businesses, it’s a great place to discover fresh and specialty produce, hand-made and unique products, great coffee and food, souvenirs and clothing.
Enjoy the abundance of fresh food, the vibrant and multicultural atmosphere, friendly banter with the traders, and all the special events and festivals.
Be sure to take the Ultimate Foodie Tour, a delicious and fascinating guided walking tour of the iconic Queen Victoria Market. Taste the freshest produce, discover unique ingredients, learn tips and tricks for shopping and cooking, discover the market’s history and meet the traders. The two-hour guided walking tour includes generous tastings, a market shopping bag and a $5 market voucher. Tours are $69pp and run Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Bookings essential.
The Night Market, which runs Wednesday nights in summer and winter, is a great place for food, drinks, music, shopping and fun. The Market also offers a historic venue space with a range of indoor and outdoor spaces.
The historical importance of the Market has been recognised with its addition to the National Heritage List.
City Ambassadors provide roving customer service on every market day, helping visitors explore all the sights and delights. The friendly volunteers are approachable and equipped with extensive local knowledge and complement the market’s visitor experience team. Keep an eye out for the ambassadors in their distinctive red uniforms next time you’re at the market.
Cnr Elizabeth and Victoria streets, Melbourne VIC 3000
On our food tour we visited the following stalls:
- Seafood & Oyster Spot: Coffin Bay Oysters
- Chicken Pantry: Grilled Kangaroo
- Curds & Whey: Warrnambool butter
- Gewurzhaus: Applewood smoked salt
- Fresh Generation: Fingerlime
Contact: Bettina De Chateaubourg, Tour Manager + Tour Guide
Phone No: 0437 190 249
Address: Queen St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
ShanDong MaMa (Dumplings Restaurant)
Busy Chinese restaurant in an arcade, known for homemade dumplings with meat, seafood and veggies. Owners Ying Hou and her mother Meiyan Wang (better known as “Mama”) serve traditional recipes from the fishing town of Yantai on the Chinese Shandong Peninsula. which is best known for its seafood dishes.
Catherine tasted the following:
- Black Fungas Salad with aged Vinegar Dressing.
- Sweet n’ Sour shredded Chinese Cabbage.
- Sweet n’ Sour Cucumber Salads.
- Drink – jasmine tea + special 8 treasure tea.
- Dumplings –
- Mackeral Fish Dumplings – fish, ginger, chinese chives, coriander.
- Zucchini Vegan Dumplings – zucchini, bean curd, coriander, spring onion.
- Squid Ink Dumplings – chicken basil, Tasmania squid coriander.
- Beef Panfried Dumplings – beef mince, onion, coriander, “thirteen spice”.
- Melbourne Panfried Dumplings – seafood marinara, lemon peel, parsley, garlic, chicken.
Contact: Ying Phone No: 0487711999 (Ying) / 03 9650 3818
Address: Mid City Arcade, 7/200 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
The Fergusson Winery (Yarra Valley Wine Region)
In a valley home to 50 wineries and 110 vineyards, rows of trees protect 20 acres of harvesting land. The first planting took place in 1968 by two brothers. They made it a home. They hung their family crest on a farmhouse wall … and they gave the land their namesake, Fergusson. The Fergusson vineyard was originally planted in 1968 with the classic French grape varieties, including Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. In the following years the vineyard saw its first commercial vintage, a communal restaurant, the birth of their children, who along with their mother, would later become the keepers of the land. And then, the end of an era – the entire estate burned in the fire of 1989. Not a single vine was harmed.
The following year saw the bearing of a record vintage. The following decades saw the ebbs and flows of winemaking, and farming, and cooking, and community, and family life. It’s a rich history that continues to grow through the preservation and transformation of the land and the people who occupy it.
Today, half a century later, the family continue to share their passion for the drop through a vineyard experience that sees you eating, drinking and escaping into a natural and relaxed setting.
Celebrating Fifty Years 1968-2018
The restaurant overlooks the calming vineyard and showcases the high open ceilings, hand sawn rustic furniture with a cosy open fireplace as the centre point.
- 2016 Jock’s Cabernet Sauvignon Rose
- 2015 Louise Pinot Noir
- 2014 Jeremy Shiraz Reserve
Then she tried Fergussons’ traditional Ned Kelly Beef Pies, covered with gravy and served with Buttery Leek Potato Mash and our damper-style Beer Bread.
Contact: Bronni Bowen (Marketing + PR) Address: 82 Wills Road, Dixons Creek VIC 3775
Phone No: 0417 029 746
Yarra Ranges Tourism
Contact: Natalija Mackenzie / Tourism Sales Officer
Address: PO Box 903, Lilydale VIC 3140
Phone No: 8739 8000
Yarra Valley Chocolaterie + Ice Creamery
Set amongst one of Australia’s premium wine regions and surrounded by picturesque Yarra Valley vistas, our Chocolaterie combines a stunning showroom, chocolate production area and an all day Café set on 40 acres of emerging orchard, landscaped gardens, sweeping lawns and reclaimed wetlands.
We welcome everyone with free chocolate and ice cream tastings, the chance to watch the art of chocolate making by our team of talented European Chocolatiers and our showroom choc-filled with over 250 different chocolate products.
Belgian Head Chocolatier Thomas Wierinck and Catherine enjoyed a Truffle tasting :
- A new truffle Thomas created called ‘Pink Diamond’ (which was Catherine’s favourite and she specifically mentioned Murray River Salt which is added).
- Bush Tucker (which she also loved and mentioned Lemon Myrtle).
- Other flavors that were tasted included Rum & Raisin, Dulce De Leche and finished with Melba Lucia, a truffle infused with a local red wine by De Bortoli Winery up the road from Yarra Valley Chocolaterie.
Finally Catherine tried her hand at making a chocolate bar with a variety of ingredients we use in our chocolate making classes.
Contact: Leanne Neeland (Managing Director)
Address: 35 Old Healesville Rd, Yarra Glen VIC 3775, Australia
Phone No: +61 3 9730 2777 Email: email@example.com